Mansfield: TRG race report

TRG MOTORSPORTS WINS ITS FIRST NASCAR RACE Mansfield, Ohio - In only its 10th race as a team, newly formed TRG Motorsports wins its first ever NASCAR Crafstman Truck Series event. Driving the ...


Mansfield, Ohio - In only its 10th race as a team, newly formed TRG Motorsports wins its first ever NASCAR Crafstman Truck Series event. Driving the #71 Truck, TRG driver Donny Lia scored a victory in Friday's Ohio 250 at the Mansfield Motorsports Park half-mile oval. Marking a milestone for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate and his first-year TRG Motorsports team, Lia took the lead in the middle of turns three and four and held off Todd Bodine and David Starr to take his No. 71 Motorsports Chevrolet to victory lane.

Lia's victory came on the heels of his engine builder, Pro Motor Engineering, winning the 2008 Engine Builder of the Year award. Lia's win also marks the third consecutive win for Chevrolet; helping expand their lead in the 2008 Manufacturers' Championship Standings.

"This is fantastic," stated team owner Kevin Buckler. "We have all worked so hard for almost a year in putting this team together and to have our first NASCAR win come this early, is a testament to the quality of the organization that we have assembled. Donny just simply ROCKED!!. Awesome drive. I am also most happy that we can deliver on our promises to all of our friends and partners that are involved with TRG Motorsports and that we can show everyone that we are here to stay."

"I really don't have a whole lot to say except this is an unbelievable day and something that I am still trying to believe is really happening," explained Lia after climbing from his Chevrolet. "This is an awesome race team; we had an awesome Silverado race truck today. We struggled yesterday and after qualifying I don't know if I have ever been that mad in my life. That just drove me all day today and towards the end there we just had an awesome truck and an awesome battle."

The battle took place on the white flag lap when Lia stuck his nose to the inside of Starr and made his move for the lead. "You know, I got into (David) Starr right there a little bit and hey, that's last lap racing and I'm sure he owes me one now but that's cool," said Lia. "You know if it's the last lap and I'm in his position then I'm going to anticipate him hitting me anyway whether I did it today or not. That's just short track racing and you know, I just can't believe we are here right now it's just really unbelievable."

Since joining TRG Motorsports in February, Lia has known that it was only a matter of time before he and the crew found their way to victory lane. "I knew we could do it, I wouldn't be driving this truck if I didn't think we could do it. But, so soon - no. I can't believe it. I just want to thank everyone at TRG Motorsports. Chevrolet has been helping us out huge lately and Chevy is number one, what can you say. My Crew Chief, Jason Miller, and everyone on this team did a great job. These guys are awesome and I love each and every one of them. I'm just speechless."

Lia wasn't speechless with 25 laps to go because he knew his Chevrolet was good. "With 25 to go, I came over the radio and told the guys I could just feel what was going to happen," said Lia. "I knew I could get him (David Starr) there at the end. So I told my guys the last few laps were for them."

The last few laps set up an exciting victory for TRG Motorsports,, and first-year Crew Chief, Jason Miller. "I just used everything I had there at the end and I couldn't have driven it any harder. If we did it all over again, there's nothing I would have changed. We just got them on the restarts and got them where we had to get them. We just did everything right today, my crew......everybody."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , David Starr , Kevin Buckler , Jason Miller , Donny Lia
Teams TRG Motorsports